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Nigeria: Nigerian authorities were warned of Boko Haram attacks on Baga and Monguno
Amnesty International - Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Headline Title:  Nigeria: Nigerian authorities were warned of Boko Haram attacks on Baga and Monguno 28 January 2015 New evidence shows that the Nigerian military were repeatedly warned of impending Boko Haram attacks on Baga and Monguno which claimed hundreds of lives, and failed to take adequate action to protect civilians, said Amnesty International.According to a senior military source and other evidence gathered by Amnesty International, commanders at the military base in Baga regularly informed military headquarters in November and December 2014 of the threat of a Boko Haram… (Full Story)

Mexico Confirms Missing Students Murdered by Drug Gang
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The Mexican government says it is now a matter of "historical truth" that 43 college students who have been missing since last September were murdered by drug traffickers who believed they were members of a rival gang.  Attorney General Jesus Murillo told reporters Monday investigators were now certain the students, all men, were abducted by corrupt police officers in southern Guerrero state and handed over to members of Guerreros Unidos. He said the gang took the students... (Full Story)

Israeli Airstrikes Target Syria After Rocket Attack
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Israeli jets carried out airstrikes against Syrian artillery positions Wednesday, the army said, in response to rocket fire a day earlier that hit the Golan Heights area. Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said the air force raids send a clear message, and that Israel holds the Syrian government responsible for attacks that originate from inside its borders. "We will not tolerate any firing towards Israeli territory or violation of our sovereignty and we will respond forcefully... (Full Story)

Four Vietnamese Soldiers Dead in Chopper Crash
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
A U.S.-made military helicopter has crashed outside Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, killing four Vietnamese soldiers. Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan, deputy chief of the general staff of the Vietnam People's Army, told reporters Wednesday that the UH-1 Iroquois, known as a "Huey," crashed just minutes after takeoff from an air base in Ho Chi Minh City. "The UH-1 chopper of the Vietnamese air force was doing a training session. It took off at 7:15 am from Tan Son Nhat... (Full Story)

Qatar Reconsiders Bid to Host 2024 Olympics, Eyes Later Date
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Qatar are undecided whether to bid to host the 2024 Olympics, a leading official has said, suggesting they may hold off for a later edition after two failed attempts to land sport's greatest spectacle. “We don't know if we are going to bid for '24, but bidding for the Olympics it will be... either '24, '28 or '32,” Qatar Olympic Committee general secretary Sheik Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani was quoted as saying by Doha News on Wednesday. “But for '24 we have... (Full Story)

North Korean Leader Expected to Visit Russia in May
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong Un looks set to travel to Russia in May for his first foreign visit since succeeding his late father in office in 2011. The South Korean news service Yonhap confirmed Wednesday Kim is among the North Korean delegation accepting an invitation to ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Germany in World War II. Yonhap quoted the Russian government as saying "about 20 state leaders have confirmed their attendance,... (Full Story)

China Lifts Lid on Sale of Fake Goods Online
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
A newly released Chinese government industry survey has found that nearly half of the products sold by online stores in China are fakes. The survey said that Taobao.com, which is owned by Alibaba, is leading the way. The survey, which was commissioned by China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce and carried out by the China Consumers Association, found that only 19 of 51 items bought from Taobao were genuine. In other words, nearly 60 percent are fake. In samplings taken... (Full Story)

Mexico Says Murdered Students were Mistaken for Rival Gang
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The 43 Mexican students who disappeared four months ago were murdered on the orders of a drug cartel who mistook them for members of a rival gang, the government said on Tuesday, finally confirming the deaths of the trainee teachers. Their disappearance on the night of Sept. 26 in the southwestern city of Iguala led to massive street protests in Mexico and international condemnation of its security situation, embarrassing President Enrique Pena Nieto and plunging his administration into... (Full Story)

UN Condemns Deadly Libya Hotel Attack
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The United Nations Security Council and participants in U.N.-sponsored peace talks for Libya condemned an attack Tuesday at a luxury hotel in Tripoli that killed at least nine people. A Security Council statement urged all parties in Libya to take part in efforts to address the political and security crises facing the country, which has struggled for stability since the 2011 ouster of leader Moammar Gadhafi. After two days of "elaborate and constructive" peace talks in... (Full Story)

Zambia’s Losing Candidate Wants Electoral Reform
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The man who came second in last week’s Zambian special presidential election has called for a new constitution that will ensure a truly independent electoral commission. Hakainde Hichilema of the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) said the current commission serves the interest of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party because its members are appointed by the president.   The election commission said PF candidate Edgar Lungu won 48.3 percent of the vote, while... (Full Story)

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